Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake

May 24, 2019

This Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake recipe is a healthy take on a great morning ‘pick me up’ shake. It includes bold flavors of dates and vanilla and is beautifully textured to create a smooth drinking experience from the cashews and oats. This Vegan version boasts it’s creaminess, thickness, and generous play on spices and slight banana flavor. The perfect drink to cheers your way into the morning or after a great workout.

Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake

Hey Ya’ll! It’s been a little while since I’ve added a new recipe to Orchids + Sweet Tea and with good reason. Lately, I’ve been organizing everything, solidifying my real plans for 2019 as it relates to this blog, reflecting, and more reflecting.

If you aren’t aware, this month is Mental Health Awareness month so I’ve been doing a ton of soul searching, digging, and repairs to be the best version of myself. Granted, it does take a lot of work, but most importantly, it takes a ton of bravery!

So, if you’re suffering with a bit of sadness, possible depression, anxiety, or just loads of stress, don’t be afraid to talk to someone. ANYONE. That might mean that you utilize a listening ear that’s close to you or seeking professional help, if needed.

Speaking of my best self, I’d recommend reading one of my previous posts on 8 Secrets to Being Your Best You. From doing the necessary work that is required to letting go of toxic relationships + environments to making minor tweaks to a healthier lifestyle; all 8 habits and practices are sure to help you be the best version of yourself that you possibly can.

Then there’s the post on Ending Relationships: 5 Mindsets That Keep You Stuck, which outlines the red-flags that we often overlook because we might think that we’re over-thinking or overreacting.

Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake

When it comes to this recipe, I’m super excited to share something so simple, yet highly delicious! If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably a lover of easy yet flavorful foods/drinks. If so, this is a must try!

Luckily, I have a few great drink recipes that are just as easy, quick, packed with nutrients, and most of all—full of FLAVOR:

As you can see, there are a range of flavors, textures, and uses for the recipes above. It’s definitely a list of drinks that you should try, even it’s once.

Back to this recipe—If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you might already be aware of the fact that I’m not a HUGE dates fan. Honestly, I use it sparingly and if incorporated in any of my recipes, I tend to add very little. Haha.

However, dates are a high-powered nutrient ingredient and is actually very healthy for you, despite it’s taste. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post on The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes, dates are a great source of antioxidants and fiber, in addition to providing brain health, promoting natural labor (for pregnant women), bone health, and blood sugar control. Yup. So, dates are worth consuming!

Also, I chose to add a little thickener to the mix—oats, which of course were Gluten-Free by Bob’s Red Mills. This brand of oats is my go-to and I love it! Paired with the soaked cashews, bananas, and dates, this shake was something irresistible! Definitely my new high-powered go-to drink for the mornings that I need an extra punch of flavor and nutrients.

Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake

Let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (adding the cashews first, then the rest following) and blend until smooth.

Adjust amounts of water, depending on desired consistency, adding 1 Tbsp more at a time, if needed.

To serve—grab two prepared glass(es) and pour shake until filled to the tops, adding shavings of chocolate (if desired). I used The Enjoy Life Product’s Dark Chocolate bar (which is vegan + GF). Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.

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Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake
Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake

Healthy Cashew Date Morning Shake 

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight (See Notes!)
  • 6-8 Medjool dates, pitted + soaked (See Notes!)
  • 1 medium banana, diced
  • 1/3 cup Rolled oats, Gluten-Free
  • 3/4 cups fresh water + more if needed (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Chocolate shavings, optional

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (adding the cashews first, then the rest following) and blend until smooth.
  • Adjust amounts of water, depending on desired consistency, adding 1 Tbsp more at a time, if needed.
  • To serve—grab two prepared glass(es) and pour shake until filled to the tops, adding shavings of chocolate (if desired). I used The Enjoy Life Product's Dark Chocolate bar (which is vegan + GF). Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.

Tips & Tricks

SOAKED CASHEWS: To best soak cashews, add 1 cup of cashews to a bowl or measuring cup and cover with cold water, sealing the top with plastic wrap and leaving it out (at room temp.) overnight. When ready to use, drain and rinse.
DATES: To soak, add dates to a small bowl with fresh water for 10 minutes or so. This softens it and makes hydrates them.
WATER: Instead of using water as the suggest, you can also substitute for your favorite non-dairy milk, which adds more flavor to your shake. 
STORAGE: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar, ensuring that you drink it within the same day for best taste and consistency.

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  1. I never knew dates had so many health benefits. I also didn’t know that dates could promote natural childbirth. So interesting. Thanks for the yummy recipe and good information.

  2. Oh My, this morning shake looks super delicious. I would definitely love having this for breakfast. Extra bonus points for being healthy. 🙂